Jean & Lovindi

Lovindi is an adorable, handsome little baby who enjoys attention. As him and his mother Jean made their way through the lines of the Kalapa medical clinic, you could always find at least one nurse standing by them, indulging in Lovindi’s sweet smiles.

lovindi-2

Lovindi and his mother Jean, waiting to be seen by the Doctor.
After hearing about Leona’s experience, having delivered her baby during the hurricane, I suspected I wouldn’t come across another story that was quite as surprising as hers. That was true…up until I met Jean. While she was waiting to see the doctor, I asked Jean my frequently asked question of the week – what was your experience like during the hurricane?

Jean lives in Kalapa. The night of the hurricane, she recalls the rains being so heavy that she had a difficult time breathing. She feared that Lovindi was going to drown, not from the rising flood waters but from the rainfall alone. It was too powerful for a baby his size to handle. She decided to put him inside a plastic shopping bag and cut small holes in it to assure he could breathe. She felt he had a better chance of surviving inside the bag as it acted like a tent keeping the water off of his face. The roof was ripped off their home but the rest of it stood through the storm. Jean told me that since it is the rainy season in Haiti and she does not have the means to put a new roof on her house yet, she will occasionally put Lovindi inside that same bag when the rains are too heavy.

lovindi-3

Nurse Tammy loving on baby Lovindi.
This holiday season, our hope is to bring restoration to communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. In communities like Kalapa, where Jean and Lovindi live, most people no longer have an income, a home, or a way to begin the process of restoration themselves. Would you join us in giving a gift that will continue to give for weeks, months, and years to come? The Chicken & Egg initiative will directly impact the local economy and families living in the communities that were destroyed the storm. Will you buy some chickens with us this holiday season?

Share This

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

More Stories

Learnings From Kiu, Kenya

Our partnership with Kiu community started way back in 2009 making it one of the first communities to partner with the 410 Bridge since its inception in Kenya in 2006. 

At the 410 Bridge, we work through the community leaders who ensure continuity of the community’s development even after graduation. During our partnership journey, we walk alongside indigenous community leaders and church leaders as they mobilize and unify the community to participate in their own development – shifting their perspectives and owning the solutions.

Read More »

Serving with Joy: A Week in Mutirithia, Kenya

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kenya, allow me to do my best to try to put into words what an incredible life-changing experience that you really need to do at least once in your life. 

I was recently blessed to travel to Mutirithia, Kenya with an amazing group of 20 other Christian men to serve the families in that community over the course of a week. 

We prepared for weeks to make sure everyone understood the primary objective of the trip, which was to build upon relationships already formed in the community and to spread the Word to as many people as we could. 

Allow me to unfold a day-by-day glimpse of what we experienced:

Read More »

From Trip Participants to Trip Advocates

Embarking on a mission trip with The 410 Bridge is an invitation to witness the transformative power of holistic community development—a paradigm shift in the way we approach poverty alleviation.

As trip participants, you’re not just joining a journey to serve communities in need; you’re stepping into the role of advocates, and champions of sustainable change driven by partnership and empowerment.

Here are 5 things to consider with this shift:

Read More »

Subscribe

Get more articles and updates like this directly in your email inbox!